Ladoni / Palms 1998 DVD
A hundred years after the invention of cinema, an original film is a rare discovery. The sense of wonder, the magic of cinema is sadly very rare. The closest one can get to it nowadays is to see Palms by the Russian director Artur Aristakisyan. Aristakisyan grew up in Kishinev, the capital of Moldova. For a number of years he lived amongst the tramps and beggars of the city: drug addicts, the emotionally disturbed, and the physically handicapped. Palms, his graduation film, is the result of those four years. The film's "heroes" are a woman who has been lying on the ground for forty years, a disabled young man who has promised not to move from his place until the Kingdom of God comes, a dumb simpleton who ran away from an asylum, a man with no legs moving through the sea of people on his trolley, a collector of clothes of the dead, a hunchbacked old woman keeping the head of her beloved hangman in a box, a man living in an attic with birds, a blind family living from begging, an old man collecting a pile of rubbish so that it can reach the sky...
|Director 導演||Artour Aristakisian|